Design of Irrigation Systems Using EPANET Software

Online /
Oct 24 - 26, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-1010-ONL22

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern

After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • have a detail knowledge about irrigation system equipment and components (sprinkler irrigation and micro-irrigation)
  • have a basic understanding of irrigation system hydraulics and flow principles
  • have a working knowledge of how to work with EPANET software
  • have gained experience designing and applying EPANET to design to design an irrigation system


One of the most important aspects of farm and landscape design for those involved in the irrigation industry is design of an optimal irrigation system. From choosing the right layout, equipment and sprinklers/emitters to setting the amount of water, proper irrigation are essential. The main focus of this course is to provide necessary information for professional designing and operating sprinkler and micro irrigation systems for farm/landscape by calculating water requirement based on evapotraspiration, soil and plant root zone water storage capacity.

EPANET software is one of the interesting water distribution system modeling software package developed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPANET is widely used to perform extended-period simulation of the hydraulic and water quality behavior within irrigation systems, which consist of pipes, nodes (junctions), pumps, valves, storage tanks, and reservoirs. This training course learn how to use EPANET for the hydraulic simulations of irrigation systems. During the course, design steps will be highlighted through several simple examples and the practical examples are illustrated to show how to apply the EPANET software into practice of pressurized irrigation systems.

Course Outline:

  • Irrigation water requirement
  • Master theory and application principles for hydraulic of pipes
  • Introduction to EPANET
  • Design of pressurized irrigation systems
  • Practical considerations

Who Should Attend:

Agriculture and Enviromental Engineers • Project Engineers and Managers • Consultants • Designers • Operation and Maintenance personnel • Developers • Planners

 Special Features & Requirements

All software is free and user friendly and trainees after this course will be able to use them for their cases.

1- Cropwat:

2- Epanet:

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Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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Irrigation Needs and Irrigation Management

Description of On-Farm Irrigation Systems

  • Types of systems
  • Distribution methods

Design of On-Farm Irrigation Systems

  • Determination of the design value
  • Efficiency

Pumping Irrigation Water and System Curves

  • Performance curves
  • Selection of pumps optimal

Design Irrigation System Equipment and Components:

  • Sprinkler head selection and placement
  • Lateral pipe sizing and Mainline sizing

EPANET software for designing irrigation systems

  • Hydraulic concepts
  • Network example
  • Discharge coefficient of a sprinkler/Emitter
  • Lateral on ascending/downward slopes
  • Pumping (aquifer, river)
  • Determination of the optimal diameter of the pipes

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Hossein Bonakdari, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Hossein Bonakdari, Department of Soils and Agri‐Food Engineering, Universit√© Laval.

Hossein Bonakdari has worked for several organizations like most recently as faculty member of department of Soil and Agri-Food Engineering Department at Laval University, Quebec. He has supervised several PhD and MSc students with teaching experience of more than 16 years in field of Artificial Intelligence application in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His fields of specialization and interest include: practical application of soft computing techniques in engineering problems. Results obtained from his researches have been published in more than 180 papers in international journals (h-index=26). He has also more than 150 presentations in national and international conference. He published two books. Dr. Bonakdari is currently leading several research projects in collaboration with industrials partners.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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